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#1 Artyom Zakharenko

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 06:49 AM

Hi there everyone

 

Im thinking to invest in a set of effect filters like classic soft, promist, maybe some color filters... But then im thinking, is it really worth the investment if all these effects are achievable in post? But then again, is an effect created in post less in quality than an optical effect?

 

Ive never actually tested it to compare, any experience or opinion is welcome!

Thanks!

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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:00 AM

Nothing beats the look of a filter in camera. yes you can do it in post, but you miss out on the happy accidents.


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#3 Charles Zuzak

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:56 AM

Can you use film filters on digital cinema cameras?  Are they designed to be used interchangeably?


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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:59 AM

Yes. The only specialty digital filter really is an NDIR which is designed to block visible and infared light to which digital sensors are very sensetive.

I use my set of filters, mostly diffusion, but some fun grads as well, on everything from my camera phone (ok not super often..but sometimes), DSLRs all the way up to 35mm film cameras.


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#5 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:31 AM

In comparison to a digital postproduction effect, optical filters have infinite dynamic range, infinite precision, and cause zero noise. Some filters, such as grads, NDs and polarisation, absolutely cannot be duplicated or even approximated in post, at least not without unreasonable effort, but in general I prefer to do things optically.

 

I think filters are well worth the investment as they'll remain relevant to future cameras, almost regardless of the technological changes we'll see. For that reason I invested early in a 4x4 mattebox - not an expensive one, a simple, low-cost one - and I always buy filters in that format.

 

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#6 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:33 AM

Same size MB/filters I have. Works for most formats most of the time (on some wide lenses I find a need to go to 6x6; but that's rental)


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#7 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:40 PM

 

Im thinking to invest in a set of effect filters like classic soft, promist, maybe some color filters...


I had some spare 4x4 filters that I was thinking of selling. Wratten (glass) 85ND set, Harrison & Harrison (glass) diffusion (soft) set, maybe some others. I hadn't fully decided about the soft set yet. They are all used with some sign of use, but very useable.

If interested I can send info and photos.

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#8 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:44 PM

Must everyone sell their cool stuff when i'm flat broke and busted.


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#9 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:55 PM

Some of those filters aren't perfect, but they might suit someone on a budget.
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